About the NCC

Richard Oldfield, Chief Executive

"We are industry's research and development partner. When companies need to make things lighter, stronger, smarter and more sustainable they come to the NCC. With access to 'beyond' state-of-the-art technology and the best composites engineering capabilities in the world, we help our customers solve the most complex engineering challenges of our time."

Our Strategy

Leading collaborative innovation

A world leader in composite technology

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Leading collaborative innovation

To be recognised as a world leader in composite technology, accelerating the development and uptake of digital technologies for composites and growing the market for composites by driving innovation through collaboration and partnerships.


Highly motivated and engaged teams

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To push the boundaries of what's possible in the application of composites, building highly motivated and engaged teams that create an innovative and entrepreneurial culture at the NCC.



Leading in sustainability for composites

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To future-proof the application of composites by exploring novel materials and process capability, enabling industry to make more informed decisions on their application.

Changing markets and products

Making composites a mass market proposition

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Changing markets and products

To offer a wide range of capabilities from teams of specialists to the latest technology, to deliver complete engineering solutions. Improving the adoption and economic impact of the technology developed and delivering customer work to time, cost and the highest quality.

Resilient expansion

Making composites accessible

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Resilient expansion

To ensure composites technology and engineering expertise is accessible to every sector, so they can harness the full potential of composites and in turn, contribute to a sustained c.10% annual growth at the NCC.

Transforming business practices

Responding to the needs of customers

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Transforming business practices

To be agile and responsive to the needs of varied sectors and customers, and always working to the very highest standards of health and safety.

Our Stories

  • NCC partner with Network Rail

    The NCC has partnered with Network Rail to investigate, design and build a composite footbridge.

    The new partnership sees Network Rail join the NCC as a Tier One Member - the first rail infrastructure company to do so - which gives Network Rail access to use the world-leading expertise facilities and capabilities at the Centre.
  • NCC celebrates University of Bristol being named best university for engineering in the Guardian’s best UK universities 2021 league table

    The University of Bristol was named best university in the UK for both Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in The Guardian’s Best Universities 2021 league table. The university was also ranked 11th overall in the UK, jumping 12 places from the previous edit
  • Seismic II project takes MMC schools to the next level

    A £6m project to transform the way schools and healthcare facilities are built has been granted £2.9m of funding to showcase the future of modern methods of construction (MMC) in the UK.
  • NCC speakers confirmed for AMI's new Composites Virtual Summit

    AMI has announced that its four composites conferences: Tooling for Composites, Composites in Rail, Composites in Marine and Composite Testing & Analysis have been combined to create the Composites Virtual Summit. The event will be free-to-attend and will take place from 19-22 October 2020
  • NCC launch SME-focused affiliate scheme

    The NCC (National Composites Centre) has launched a new scheme exclusively for SMEs, offering them affordable access to the NCC capabilities, expertise, training and networks.

Our Members

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